The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has said in a press release that the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee vote to weaken US law preventing charities and churches from participating in politics would release unaccountable funding into the electoral process.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The CLC reform program director Brendan Fischer has emphasized in the release that the new amendment could offer billionaire donors a way to influence elections anonymously and also to get a charitable tax deduction.
Trevor Potter, a former Republican chairman of the Federal Electoral Commission commented Thursday on the committee’s approval of an amendment presented by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady.
“Rolling-back the longstanding prohibition on charitable political activity would broadly impact the entire charitable sector, and will undoubtedly lead to an array of new dark money activities, but now by charities and religious institutions,” Trevor Potter said on Thursday.
The charitable activities prohibition was passed without controversy in 1954 by a Republican Congress, signed by then- Republican President Dwight Eisenhower and has since been supported and strengthened on a bipartisan basis by administrations of both political parties, Potter added.